The Severed Head: Capital Visions (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)

The Severed Head: Capital Visions (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)


Informed through a provocative exhibition on the Louvre curated through the writer, The Severed Head unpacks inventive representations of severed heads from the Paleolithic interval to the current. Surveying work, sculptures, and drawings, Julia Kristeva turns her famed severe eye to a learn of the pinnacle as image and metaphor, as non secular item and actual truth, extra constructing a serious topic in her work--the strength of horror--and the opportunity of the face to supply an adventure of the sacred.

Kristeva considers the top as icon, artifact, and locus of concept, looking a keener figuring out of the violence and hope that drives us to sever, and at times preserve, any such powerful item. Her research stretches all of the as far back as 6,000 B.C.E., with people' early ornament and worship of skulls, and follows with the Medusa fable; the mandylion of Laon (a holy relic during which the face of a saint looks on a bit of cloth); the biblical tale of John the Baptist and his counterpart, Salome; stories of the guillotine; glossy homicide mysteries; or even the rhetoric surrounding the struggle for and opposed to capital punishment. Kristeva translates those "capital visions" in the course of the lens of psychoanalysis, drawing endless connections among their manifestation and sacred event and extremely a lot declaring the opportunity of the sacred, even in an period of "faceless" interaction.

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